*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*July 21, 2021*
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*Title:* Office Culture War Escalates as Workers Balk at Return Mandates
*Source:* Bloomberg Law
*Author:* Erin Mulvaney
*Date:* July 19, 2021
*Summary:* The Covid-19 pandemic’s test of mass telework for office workers has reached an inflection point as return-to-office mandates take shape and legal battles loom over employee requests to stay at home.
*Title:* A Man Failed Workplace Drug Test Days after N.J. Legalized Weed and was Fired. Now He’s Suing.
*Source:* NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
*Author:* Amanda Hoover
*Date:* July 20, 2021
*Summary: *New Jersey’s top court ruled last year that employers cannot fire medical marijuana patients who use cannabis in their free time. The new marijuana legalization law will extend these protections to those 21 and older, but whether or not that provision applies to workers now has been debated.
*Title:* As COVID-19 Continues, So Do Troubles for Nurses
*Source:* NJ Spotlight News
*Author:* Lilo H. Stainton
*Date:* July 21, 2021
*Summary:* For years, nurses in New Jersey have raised concerns about workforce shortages and staffing levels they believe put patients and employees in danger. The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated this situation and, according to New Jersey nurses unions, the state’s continued suspension of staffing regulations is further adding to the strain.
*Title:* Shorter Hours, No Promotions: How the Pandemic Stalled Some Parents’ Careers
*Source:* The New York Times
*Author:* Claire Cain Miller
*Date:* July 21, 2021
*Summary:* The disruption to child care could have long-term career costs, and the ones likeliest to pay are mothers.
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